Menu: Day #2

Cost: $3.56 per person (or $1.19 per meal).

Protein: 102g
Fat: 85g
Carbohydrates:  196g
Calories:  1902

Welcome to day 2 of basic Home Economics.  The first thing you’ll notice is that today’s breakfast and lunch look a lot like yesterdays.  Yes.  That is true.  Don’t worry, it won’t be the same everyday.  But you should expect a lot of routine.  Routines save both time and money.  It takes about the same amount of time to cook 1 slice of bacon as it does to make the whole package.  And cooked bacon easily keeps for a week.  So when you cook something, cook all of it you’re going to eat before the end of the week.

We also have some pressure valves built in to the plan.  You’ll notice that the Grocery List for Week #1 includes breakfast cereal in the “Luxuries” section.  We always keep some in the house.  Some days, you’re too rushed.  Maybe you just want cereal.  It’s junk food, but it’s cheap enough.  So grab a bowl of cereal if you need it.  But if you’re eating cereal because “you’re too tired” more than once a week, then roll up your sleeves and cook, because you’ll never strengthen those Home Economics muscles if you don’t flex them.

Breakfast Calories Macronutrient Totals Cost
2 eggs scrambled 182 Cal Protein – 26g $0.50
1 slice of toasted white bread 115 Cal Fat – 39g $0.05
1 tbsp jam 50 Cal Carbs – 50g $0.20
0.5 tbsp butter (for toast) 51 Cal $0.07
0.5 tbsp bacon grease (frying eggs) 51 Cal $0.07
1 Slice of bacon 43 Cal $0.25
8oz whole milk 148 Cal $0.19
647 Cal   $1.24


Lunch Calories Macronutrient Totals Cost
2 slices White Bread 229 Cal Protein – 26g $0.10
2oz Deli sliced ham 60 Cal Fat – 22g $0.50
1 oz cheddar cheese 110 Cal Carbs – 96g $0.30
1 Banana 88 Cal $0.21
1 homemade chocolate chip cookie 162 Cal $0.10
649 Cal   $1.21


Dinner Calories Macronutrient Totals Cost
2 Cups Chicken Noodle Soup 272 Cal  Protein – 50g $0.22
3oz Chicken Breast (leftovers) 170 Cal  Fat – 24g $0.60
8oz Whole Milk* 146 Cal  Carbs -50g $0.19
 1 homemade chocolate chip cookie  162 Cal  $0.10
 606 Cal    $1.11


* Feel free to substitute something else for the milk, like maybe another bowl of soup.  You should have 4 or 5 quarts of it. The menu is built on the idea that the food you bought for this week is literally the only food you own.  This probably isn’t the case.  So try to eat about 200 calories of food out of your previous stash.  Aim for stuff that can’t be used to cook and takes up a lot of space, like most pre-made snack food.

Or, you can go a completely different direction and have a couple beers.  Alcohol is not a good or cheap source of calories.  Even my homebrew beers cost about $0.75 each, though I’m not really trying to save money there.  So really, this substitution is only worthwhile if you’re on a calorie restricted diet and trying to lose weight.  Otherwise eat the food AND drink the beers.

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